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A comparison of factor analysis programs in SPSS BMDP, and SAS. (English) Zbl 0534.62039

Summary: Factor analysis programs in SAS, BMDP, and SPSS are discussed and compared in terms of documentation, methods and options available, internal logic, computational accuracy, and results provided. Some problems with respect to logic and output are described. Based on these comparisons, recommendations are offered which include a clear overall preference for SAS, and advice against general use of SPSS for factor analysis.

MSC:

62H25 Factor analysis and principal components; correspondence analysis
62-04 Software, source code, etc. for problems pertaining to statistics
65C99 Probabilistic methods, stochastic differential equations

Software:

BMDP; SPSS; SAS
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